Connecticut Careers Trainee-Consultant Agreements Planner

Consultant Bridge Design

Recruitment #240105-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for a Connecticut Careers Trainee position, with a target classification of Transportation Planner 1, in the Division of Bridges - Consultant Bridge Design - CLE Program. This posting may be used to fill other Connecticut Careers Trainee vacancies within the Division of Bridges.  

Current students who will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree by May 2024 are strongly encouraged to apply!

We are looking for a self-motivated, collaborative professional to join our team.  This position will receive training to provide oversight over the administrative aspects of consultant agreements to help the Division of Bridges deliver critical bridge and structure rehabilitation/replacement projects. 


  • Competitive starting salary
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work-life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • On-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information
  • Join an award winning agency! CT DOT has been recently awarded the Employer of the Year award by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)!
  • Work for a Forbes top company - ‘Forbes’: State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule

  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday-Friday
  • Location:  Newington, CT
  • Hybrid (office/telework) may be available
Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary. A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained.  Please list your Driver’s license number, expiration date, and issuing State in the "Licenses and Professional Certifications" section of your application. If applicable, please also list your Professional Engineer (PE) license number and expiration date, Engineer in Training licensure, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications you hold. 

The Division of Bridges manages, directs, and coordinates all activities performed by the following Engineering Sections:  Bridge Design, Consultant Bridge Design - CLE Program, Major Bridges, Bridge Safety and Evaluation, Hydraulics & Drainage, Soils & Foundations, Rail Bridges and Structures, and the Bridge Management unit.  The current vacancy is within the Consultant Bridge Design – CLE Program, however, the results of this posting may be used to fill other vacancies within the Division of Bridges in the future.

  • Oversees bridge design performed by consulting engineers on State roads for bridges that are in need of rehabilitation or replacement 
  • Supervises the bridge liaison staff that guide consultants designing improvements on State highways involving structures
  • Oversees activities of municipalities under federal and State grant programs that are designing or contracting with consultants to design bridge improvements on local roads  
  • Develops alternative project delivery methods (Design-Build, Construction-Manager-At-Risk, Construction Manager/General Contractor)
The Connecticut Careers Trainee position will focus on: 
  • forecasting resource needs 
  • planning consultant assignment allocation 
  • providing planning assistance with private consultants 
  • reviewing proposed legislation related to consultant agreements  
  • coordinating closely with the engineers who oversee the consultants' performance of the engineering work
  • financial planning and other administrative aspects of consultant agreement oversight
Connecticut Career Trainees become eligible for promotion to the target classification of Transportation Planner 1, upon successful completion of the 1 or 2-year training program. Length of training program is determined by the incumbent’s education, experience and the target class requirements.

*Salary Note: During the first year of training, Connecticut Career Trainees with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifying experience earn $53,978 per year, and Connecticut Career Trainees with a Master's degree earn $55,921 per year. During the second year of training, the salary increases to $61,761 per year.

First year of training: Bachelor's degree and/or qualifying experience: FS 15 Step 1 ($53,978/year) Master's degree in civil engineering, transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning: FS 15 Step 2 ($55,921/year)
Second year of training: General rate:  FS 15 Step 5 ($61,761/year)  

The mission of the DOT is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. To learn more about our mission, vision and values, please click here.

Selection Plan

  • To Apply:

    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
    • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the individual listed on this job posting. 
    • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
    • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.  

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  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
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  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


Receive training to develop skills to perform the following duties:
  • financial and administrative consultant agreement oversight
  • forecast resource needs
  • plan consultant assignment allocation
  • provide assistance to consultants
  • review State general statutes, regulations, and proposed legislation
  • coordinate closely with engineers overseeing consultants’ performance of engineering work
  • coordinate with support units within the DOT
  • coordinate and execute the negotiation process
  • initiate agreement changes such as upset limit increases and supplemental agreements
  • may develop and conduct training for other DOT employees
  • perform other related duties as assigned 

                    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

                    • Oral and written communication skills; 
                    • Ability to
                      • acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification;
                      • understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic;
                      • read, interpret and understand written material;
                      • perform basic arithmetical computations;
                      • interpret charts, graphs and tables;
                      • learn and reason;
                      • establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public;
                      • utilize computer software.

                    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

                    Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program.


                    • Possession of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following degree areas: Engineering, Finance, Business Management, Planning, or closely related fields
                    • Experience working independently, being self-motivated, and taking ownership of assignments
                    • Experience identifying problems, researching solutions, making a decision, and verifying accuracy of decision
                    • Experience providing verbal and written communication to multiple diverse populations
                    • Experience with State statutes and/or regulations
                    • Experience with public speaking and presenting
                    • Experience prioritizing work and meeting time sensitive deadlines
                    • Experience with consultant agreements, negotiating, and working with consultants
                    • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 including Teams, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook 



                    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


                    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.